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Forger jailed for immigrant scam

PUBLISHED: 15:53 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:46 25 August 2010

A MASTER forger has been sentenced to seven years in jail for running a sophisticated scam to keep immigrants in the UK.

A MASTER forger has been sentenced to seven years in jail for running a sophisticated scam to keep immigrants in the UK.

James Koma, 41, of Westview Road, Swanley, was sentenced last week at Woolwich Crown Court for possession of thousands of blank ID cards and an extensive forgery production line.

Greenwich police found National Insurance cards, driver licences, and Home Office documents of "near perfect quality" could be forged using embossing and tipping machines and laminators.

The British national from Uganda amassed 4,000 blank ID cards together with 1,000 National Insurance numbers, but he was arrested outside a shop in Charlton in May.

Greenwich police found Koma to be in possession of forged drivers licences for Germany and the USA and even a false nursing qualification.

No passports were found at Koma's property, but Judge Moore considered it clear that Koma was making documents to keep people in the UK illegally.

Koma, who appeared a white checked shirt and glasses, pleaded guilty to possession of false identity when forensic evidence mounted against him - over four months after he was arrested in May.

He must serve half of his sentence on licence, and has already served 177 days in custody.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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